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Yowbarb

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News coverage of the aftermath of the flooding in Brazil
« on: February 24, 2011, 07:15:06 AM »
There are probably more recent updates. Will post them too.
This first one is from the Guardian, UK.
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/picture/2011/jan/16/brazil-floods-aftermath-eyewitness
Eyewitness: Brazil floods aftermath
Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series

guardian.co.uk, Sunday 16 January 2011 17.27 GMT
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Will post another story here soon...
I agree there doesn't seem to be as much coverage as there should be.
Condolences to all those who have lost people in those terrible floods..

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Re: News coverage of the aftermath of the flooding in Brazil
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2011, 05:42:51 AM »
Updates on the current situation and some insight on what may have happened up there in the mountains of Rio.

Google translation of original in portuguese below.....

This is a report from a resident of one of the hardest hit regions in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro:

Hello, Carlos,
Good morning!
The description of the scenarios by journalists who were there - I
ensure that not all managed to reach the areas of greatest
devastation - is only partial.
The major problem after trauma is precisely the set of measures
promised and not materialized.
Indeed, even before the tragedy that claimed the lives of many people,
requests, requirements, procedures etc were brought together
public institutions of Teresopolis, exigndo steps that were not
even evaluated. I even opened a case with the Ministry
Public and another along the Ombudsman's warning about the city
illegal construction of walls (although authorized by misteri
Department of Civil Defense) along the river that became a
flow of unimaginable force.
Twenty-two days I was there with the arm and legs
smashed by the collision with the rocks, barbed wire fences
where dead people were found and removed.
For twenty-two days, which I can add others when I returned
to the rubble of my house), I saw with the eyes of a
Surgeon-Journalist, the remains of what had been a set of
micro-neighborhoods.
One or more points above the condominium where he lived, a few thousand
half mile, maybe more, came a flurry of trees
Whole rocks forty, sixty tons, pieces of houses
masonry, animals (horses, oxen, etc.) mixed with mud.
From what I'm told, more than one hundred and seventy-rays fell on the
region (read Teresópolis); these, hitting trees and rocks,
created a vortex that everything crashing down the mountain.
I have heard repeated comments from employees of the City of
municipality, that a particular dam was overflowing, expanding the
quantitaivo of damage.
Moreover, in the company of Army specialists who accompanied me
to the condo, I heard the following: the volume of water that went down
then, by Trace Of the devastation, the rain water would not be enough
to promote everything.
Would need something more. Consider this: a dam atural
(Intact), one belonging to CEDAE (apparently intact) and more
this other particular.
The Army sent two bulldozers to the site, a forty
and the other seventy tons. But, at least in those early days,
perhaps weeks, could not cross the bridge to access the neighborhood of
Ownership due to weight. And down in the Valley of the eucalypts, because the
propriedaddes located along the roadside would be affected.
The city, for its irresponsible administration, remained teams
works working in front while people lay dying.
One of the secretaries said the stupidity (published, inclusive)
Teresópolis had only three percent of their area affected by
tragedy.
However, if the county has 700 square miles, imagine that twenty-one thousand
Undersizing were destroyed is chaos.
To top it off, the death toll is at least three times larger than the
announced.
Let me explain: according to the ombudsman Teresopolis, only in the Countryside neighborhood
Great lived six thousand eight hundred people. As returned and / or
were re-registered under two thousand or so, is Possibly measure
how many are still under layers of mud and stones.
Empty schools (because students are either dead or afraid to return)
more than six hundred homes destroyed along the river, some
literally covered by mud, rocks and trees, piles of car
shattered, some say, even with human remains.
How then announce numbers so low?
And the cases of traumatic amputation? And episodes of leptospirosis?
PS. After writing more.
Prof. Dr. Jose Amaral Argolo

* Jose Amaral Argolo, Rio, 58, is a journalist and professor of
School of Communication UFRJ currently assigned to the School of
War where he works as an adjunct activities of the Centre for Studies
Strategic. He teaches as a teacher specially invited,
disciplines in the Graduate Program in Political Science and
Graduate Program in Strategic Studies FFU. Since May
in 2005 lived in a small terraced house in the Condominium Bougainville,
Jose Arthur Josetti road, 665, Posse, Teresopolis.



Este é um relato de um morador de uma das regiões mais atingidas na região serrana do Rio de Janeiro:

Olá, Carlos,
Bom dia!
A descrição do cenários pelos jornalistas que lá estiveram - posso
assegurar que nem todos conseguiram alcançar as áreas de maior
devastação - é apenas parcial.
O grande problema pós-trauma é justamente o conjunto de medidas
prometidas e não materializadas.
Aliás, antes mesmo da tragéda que ceifou a vida de tantas pessoas,
solicitações, requerimentos, processos  etc foram interpostos junto
aos órgãos públicos de Teresópolis, exigndo providências que não foram
sequer avaliadas. Eu mesmo abri um processo junto ao Ministério
Público e outro junto à Ouvidoria do Município alertando sobre a
construção de muros ilegais (embora misterosamente autorizados pela
Secretaria de Defesa Civil)  margeando o rio que se transformou num
caudal de força inimaginável.
Durante vinte e dois dias estive ali, com os braço e pernas
arrebentados pelo choque com as pedras, com as cercas de arame farpado
onde pessoas mortas foram encontradas e retiradas.
Durante vinte e dois dias, aos quais posso somar outros em que voltei
para os escombros da minha casa) , vi com o os olhos de um
cirurgião-jornalista, os restos do que fora um conjunto de
micro-bairros.
De um ou mais pontos acima do condomínio onde morava, a uns mil e
oitocentos metros, talvez mais, desceu um turbilhão de árvores
inteiras, pedras de quarenta, sessenta toneladas, pedaços de casas de
alvenaria, animais (cavalos, bois etc) misturados à lama.
Pelo que fui  informado, mais de cento e setenta raios caíram sobre a
região (leia-se Teresópolis); estes, atingindo árvores e pedras,
criaram o vórtex que desceu a montanha estraçalhando tudo.
Ouvi comentários reiterados de funcionários da própria Prefeitura do
município, que uma represa particular havia transbordado, ampliando o
quantitaivo de estragos.
Aliás, na companhia de especialistas do Exército que me acompanharam
até o condomínio, ouvi o seguinte: pelo volume de água que descia até
então, pelo ratro de devastação, a água da chuva não seria suficiente
para promover tudo aquilo.
Seria necessário algo mais. Senão vejamos: uma represa atural
(intacta), outra pertencente à CEDAE (aparentemente intacta) e mais
essa outra, particular.
O Exército enviou ao local duas retroescavadeiras, uma de quarenta
toneladas e outra de setenta. Mas, ao menos naqueles primeiros dias,
talvez semanas,  não puderam transpor a ponte de aceso ao bairro da
Posse devido ao peso. E em descer pelo Vale dos Eucaliptos, pois as
propriedaddes localizadas à margem do caminho seriam afetadas.
O Município, por sua administração irresponsável, manteve equipes
trabalhando em obras de fachada enquanto a população agonizava.
Um dos secretários disse a estupidez (publicada, inclusive) que
Teresópolis teve apenas três por cento da sua área afetados pela
tragédia.
Ora, se o Município tem 700 km quadrados, imaginar que vinte e um mil
foram destruídos é subdimensionar o caos.
Para culminar, o número de mortos é, no mínimo, três vezes maior que o
anunciado.
Explico: segundo a Ouvidoria de Teresópolis, somente no bairro Campo
Grande moravam seis mil e oitocentas pessoas. Como retornaram e/ou
foram recadastradas menos de duas mil ou isto, é posível mensurar
quantas ainda estão sob as camadas de lama e pedras.
Escolas vazias (pois os alunos ou estão mortos ou receiam voltar),
mais de seiscentas casas destruídas ao longo do rio, algumas
literalmente cobertas pela lama, pedras e árvores, pilhas de automóvei
destroçados, alguns, dizem, ainda com restos humanos.
Como, então, anunciar números tão reduzidos?
E os casos de amputação traumática ? E os episódios de leptospirose?
PS. Depois escrevo mais.
Prof. Dr. José Amaral Argolo

*José Amaral Argolo, carioca, 58 anos,  é jornalista e professor da
Escola de Comunicação da UFRJ atualmente cedido à Escola Superior de
Guerra onde exerce atividades como adjunto do Centro de Estudos
Estratégicos. Leciona, como professor especialmente convidado,
disciplinas no Programa de Pós-Graduaçao em Ciência Política e no
Programa de Pós-graduação em Estudos Estratégicos da UFF. Desde maio
de 2005 morava em uma pequena casa geminada no Condomínio Bougaiville,
na Estrada José Artur Josetti, 665, Posse, Teresópolis.


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Re: News coverage of the aftermath of the flooding in Brazil
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 07:08:04 AM »
This devastation is horrible, and we have heard nothing of this on the news here. I send prayers to all who are suffering in these times.

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Re: News coverage of the aftermath of the flooding in Brazil
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2011, 02:48:16 PM »
Carlos, and Susan it is true there aren't many details posted in the US News about the aftermath. Nor do they get into it much some of the causes of the unecessary loss of life.
It is true many areas crowded with people were built up and officials alreadfy knew that was not safe. Not
all the officials fault, of course. Partly this tragedy seems to have been caused by accelerating earth changes...

All The Best,
Barbara